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AFC IDP Snap Counts: Week 16

What were all the notable defensive snap counts for AFC defenders last week?

Desmond Trufant

This week saw a lot of changes – many due to COVID-listed players as Omicron gathers pace. Stay safe everyone.

Baltimore Ravens – 76 snaps

Patrick Queen (70) is back up to his top volume levels after being scaled down mid-season. Note that he still did not play every snap. The Ravens run some packages with no orthodox LBs on the field. Josh Bynes (53) is back to the number two Ravens sort of volume we expect to see.

Safety continues to be a problem. Chuck Clark (76) was back this week, but Geno Stone was out. Brandon Stephens (43) was limited by injury and Tony Jefferson (47) gave us a throwback moment.

Buffalo Bills – 63 snaps

There were no significant changes for the Bills defense this week. It’s one of the more settled and healthy defenses in the NFL which is a major part of why they’re so good.

Nine linemen played this week. None of them played more than 42 snaps.

Cincinnati Bengals – 59 snaps

There was a lot of IDP chatter before the game about who would replace the injured Joe Bachie. It was Markus Bailey (46) behind Germaine Pratt (59), but the debate illustrates a lack of understanding. The number two Bengals LB can only be expected to play limited snaps. That role has averaged just 39 snaps per week this year. It’s not wise to start someone with that sort of volume in most leagues. Sometimes you have to, but if your playoff hopes were resting on this sort of decision you’re in trouble.

Oft-injured Trae Waynes (12) was a backup, spot player this week. That’s not great. When he’s behind Eli Apple (59) and Chidobe Awuzie (47) it’s downright scary. Admittedly Awuzie has improved a lot as a Bengal, but he’s still far from being a star.

Cleveland Browns – 59 snaps

John Johnson missed his first game since joining the Browns at safety. Grant Delpit (57) and Richard LeCounte (41) were the top safeties with slot man M.J. Stewart (57) spending some time deep too.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (44) shared time with Anthony Walker. Everyone wants to crown rookies, but he’s far from being the finished article at the moment.

With Jadeveon Clowney and Takkarist McKinley both still out Porter Gustin (39) again played opposite Myles Garrett (52).

Denver Broncos – 69 snaps

Edge Bradley Chubb (44) had a huge interception this week which prompted wild overexcitement. He’s had an atrocious season even factoring in his injury.

Jonas Griffith (56) continues to play behind Baron Browning (69) at LB. The Broncos are another team that only has one full-time LB role. Too many IDP managers are relying on guys like him. It used to be pretty easy to find good IDP LBs this late in the season, but there are just fewer of those roles available these days. The NFL is changing, and we need to change our approach with it.

Houston Texans – 62 snaps

The Texans had COVID issues this week which saw five defenders make their season debuts.

Lineman Demarcus Walker (43) returned after three weeks out too. He’s played inside and on the edge this season.

Safety Justin Reid (62) was back after a week out. He’s had a very difficult season.

Indianapolis Colts – 65 snaps

Star LB Darius Leonard missed the game with COVID. That was announced on Christmas evening and caught out more than a few IDP teams. E.J. Speed replaced him and partnered Bobby Okereke (both 65).

George Odum (65) and Jahleel Addae (61) played safety with Andrew Sendejo and Khari Willis both unavailable through injury and COVID.

Jacksonville Jaguars – 59 snaps

The Jaguars’ lone good defender Josh Allen missed his first game of the season on the COVID list. Dawuane Smoot (53) led the unit with Jihad Ward (34) and K’Lavon Chaisson (32) getting some time. Chaisson remains absolutely awful.

LB Myles Jack was also on the COVID list. Damien Wilson (50) and Chapelle Russell (48) manned the position.

Rayshawn Jenkins is missing the rest of the season with a broken ankle, so Andrew Wingard (58) was joined by Andre Cisco (29) and Daniel Thomas (30). Cisco actually played pretty well, so it’s bizarre he didn’t get more time. No one accused the Jags of being good at developing players though.

Kansas City Chiefs – 72 snaps

The Chiefs barely needed to get out of first gear against a moribund Steelers offense who look like they just want this season over.

IDP darling LB Nick Bolton missed the game on the COVID list, as is customary with the Chiefs they rotated LBs situationally. Ben Niemann (43), Willie Gay (37), Anthony Hitchen (32) and Dorian O’Daniel (22) all played.

Chris Jones (35) returned after a week out. He played very poorly, but he didn’t need to do much this week.

Las Vegas Raiders – 42 snaps

Yep. 42 snaps. That is the fewest any defense has played this season.

Corner Desmond Trufant (41) played his first full game of the season and actually recorded seven tackles. A cornerback recording a tackle on one snap in six. That’s incredible.

Denzel Perryman (39) returned after a couple of games out. He was primarily partnered by Divine Deablo (32) with Cory Littleton (5) and K.J. Wright (13) barely playing. It’s very, very hard for LBs to have good IDP days with volume like that.

Maxx Crosby (32) has frustrated us all most of the season. But he finally recorded a sack this week. He leads the league in pressures, but has only had a sack in three of his 15 games.

Los Angeles Chargers – 68 snaps

Star DE Joey Bosa missed this game. Given he is basically the entire Chargers pass rush, this was a problem. LB Kenneth Murray (51) was deployed as an emergency edge next to Uchenna Nwosu (59). Nwosu recorded one pressure. Murray did not even do that. This column has been recommending selling him all season, that opportunity may now be gone.

Derwin James missed another game. He’s played just 28 snaps in the last three weeks. Alohi Gilman (68) played deep with Nasir Adderley (68) playing more flexibly.

A shred of good news: Asante Samuel Jr (68) returned after a month out. He and Davonte Harris (53) took over for the absent Michael Davis and Tevaughn Campbell.

Miami Dolphins – 52 snaps

The Dolphins have averaged just 58 snaps per game in their last five games. They didn’t need much time to rack up absurd pass rush success vs poor Ian Book though.

Safety Jevon Holland (50) returned in this game which meant that he and Brandon Jones (38) both played for the first time since week 11. Eric Rowe (26) went back to his customary slot/box role.

New England Patriots – 79 snaps

This was very high volume for the Patriots as the Bills put together long drives. There were no significant personnel shifts in this game, just inflated volume.

New York Jets – 75 snaps

Yet another team ravaged by COVID. The Jets have very few good players on this side of the ball, but all of them were out this week. Four defenders made their first appearances for the Jets in 2021.

Safety saw Jason Pinnock (71) and Will Parks (64) play.

Slot corner Michael Carter was out, so Javelin Guidry (45) played more.

John Franklin-Myers was out, so DE was a hodgepodge of Ronald Blair (46), Kyle Phillips (41), Shaq Lawson (33) and Bryce Huff (31). You can change the coaches and the players, but Jets DE will always be a blast zone of futility.

Quinnen Williams was out at DT. Nathan Shepherd (62) and Sheldon Rankins (54) saw an uptick in volume with Freedom Akinmoladun (21) making his first appearance.

Pittsburgh Steelers – 69 snaps

Disappointing LB Devin Bush was on the COVID list. Joe Schobert (60) was partnered by Robert Spillane (66).

T.J. Watt (38) was limited by cracked ribs. He’s been banged up quite a lot this year. He’s such a quandary. Is he a brilliant player? Obviously. But his wild pressure to sack ratio has inflated how good he has been this year. It’s not an indicative number.

Tennessee Titans – 60 snaps

Janoris Jenkins (38) returned at corner after missing two weeks (and three of the last four). Kristian Fulton (60) was on the other side, with Buster Skrine (59) in the slot due to Elijah Molden’s absence.

Thanks for reading and good luck in your finals.

AFC IDP Snap Counts: Week 16
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Chris Greenwood
5 months ago

How do you feel about Kyzir White going forward as an IDP?

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Reply to  Tom Kislingbury
5 months ago

Thanks! My dynasty league has shallow IDP – 1 DL, 1 LB, 1 DB, 1 flex

I currently have:

DL – Judon, Za’Darius Smith, Jeffrey Simmons
LB – Lavonte David, CJ Mosley, Okereke, just picked up White off FA
DB – Abram, Jessie Bates, Ryan Neal

I picked up Neal and Simmons as depth since I lost David and Abram to IR and want some COVID insurance. I have held Smith all season on IR since I had the room.

Since we don’t play true position, I always look for a player that has LB/DL eligibility for my DL spot. I was able to grab Judon off waivers early this season. I’ve also had Pete Werner on my radar thanks to you.

How would you rank them going forward? I know that you mentioned it’s a fools errand to try to predict the top players from year to year but to look at them in tiers.

Here are the top few available players in my league – anyone I need to grab now that would likely be a Tier 1 player going forward?

Jordan Hicks
Robert Quinn
Azeez al-shaair
Xavier Woods
Jayron Kearse
Dre Greenlaw
Bradley Chubb
Alex Highsmith
Christian Wilkins

Or ideas of sleepers that I should keep an eye on?

Thanks a bunch! Love your work Tom!

Nick Lalani
5 months ago

Always great stuff here and on Twitter. Need a Sun Ship decision pls. 2 pts/tk, 1/asst. Starting Darius, need one more. Spillane (Joe S out, my opp has Chubb), Reeder, Griffith (Lock game script, Baron Covid). I’m an underdog. I currently have Spillane in, other two are available via wire. Thx as always.

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